Normally we’d be in the midst of starting up another hockey season now, but we’re in a different world. Last Word on Hockey is still going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for November 24th, featuring Scotty Bowman.
Today in Hockey History
Scotty Bowman Coaches Game No. 2000
2000: The Detroit Red Wings coach is behind the bench for the 2,000th time in his career. He comes out a winner in this one like he did many times throughout his career. Sergei Fedorov scores with 28 seconds left in regulation to give the Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Bowman receives a two-minute standing ovation, but downplays it… per usual. He finishes his coaching career with the Red Wings in 2002 and still holds NHL regular-season records for games coached (2,141) and victories (1,244).
Other Notable Events
1926: Detroit gets its first win in franchise history as Frank Frederickson scores the only goal of a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Hap Holmes gets the shutout for the Detroit Cougars, who become the Red Wings in 1932.
1936: Toronto Maple Leafs star King Clancy retires after a 16-year career with stints on the Ottawa Senators and Toronto. Clancy spends most of the next five decades as a coach, referee, team executive and goodwill ambassador.
1986: Buffalo Sabres great Gilbert Perreault retires after getting 1,326 points (512 goals, 814 assists) in 1,191 games. He was the top pick of the 1970 NHL Draft and played his entire career in Buffalo.
2006: Red Wings defenceman Chris Chelios becomes the first American to play in the most games in league history in a 3-2 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues. He breaks Phil Housley’s record by skating in his 1,496th game.
Happy Birthday to You
1935: Eddie Johnston
1962: Gino Cavallini
1971: Keith Primeau
1972: Fred Brathwaite
1980: Branko Radivojevic
1981: Kurtis Foster
1984: David Booth
1989: Mike Hoffman